Kinship, Gender and Marriage
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- 09 Jan 2023
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- Apply kinship terminology and notation to a complex genealogical diagram.
- Construct a complex kinship diagram using genealogical information.
- Critically examine the local and global dimensions of social and cultural changes to kinship and marriage.
- Evaluate different theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of kinship and marriage.
- Produce a sustained and complex written argument about a specific topic in kinship studies.
- • Diversity in understandings of what constitutes family.
- • Love, gender and power.
- • Ethnicity & intermarriage.
- • Alternative forms of kinship.
- • Reproductive technologies.
Prerequisites: Students are required to have passed 2 subjects totalling 30 credit points at second year level Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed ANT2KAM (Kinship, Gender and Marriage) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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Anthropologists have long been fascinated by kinship and marriage, which are central to human social organisation and to relationships of gender and power. In this subject we look at how anthropological approaches to these forms of relationships have changed over time and critically assess recent work in this field. We examine the role and significance of kinship and marriage in many different societies, looking at the diverse ways humans create families, and topics such as the concept of love and the darker side of kinship - family violence. The future of kinship and marriage will also be considered in the light of continuing social change and the development of new reproductive technologies.
- One genealogical exercise (750 words equivalent) Genealogical exercise to be submitted online. (20%)
- 2 Online quizzes (1250 words equivalent) Quiz questions based on online recorded lectures, readings and online activities. (30%)
- One 2000-word essay Essay to be submitted via Turnitin. (50%)
Current study term: 08 Jan 23 to 17 Feb 23
Textbook information is pending.